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Fishermen trying to get off Red Lake, emergency personnel enroute

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Fishermen trying to get off Red Lake, emergency personnel enroute
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Two ice fishermen are reportedly trying to find a way off upper Red Lake after strong winds caused the ice to break.

A call to area emergency personnel came in after 1 p.m.

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The men were reported standing 100 feet from shore near Roger's Resort, 49690 Rogers Road NE in Kelliher, and are reported to be traveling on an all-terrain vehicle on the ice toward the Waskish Municipal Airport and West Wind Resort.

It marks the second time in five days that emergency personnel have been called to Upper Red Lake to help fishermen.

Last Friday, two fishermen on Upper Red Lake began floating away from shore when the ice they were on broke away. The men, on an ice block 6 inches thick drifting in 9-feet of water, were brought to shore by Bemidji firefighters using a hovercraft.

Firefighter Jake Hawley said the crew of four firefighters unloaded the hovercraft and took it to the block of ice, about 300 to 400 yards from shore, to pick up the men.

One of the explanations for the breakaway ice block was Friday's wind. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said while Upper Red Lake is one of the first lakes to freeze, strong winds can cause wave action under the ice, forcing the ice to break.

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